13 days in China Itinerary

13 days in China Itinerary

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13 days in China Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Guilin
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Zhangjiajie
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Chengdu
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Lijiang
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Chongqing
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

3
nights
Guilin

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Get out of town with these interesting Guilin side-trips: Yangshuo County (Xiangui Bridge, Yulong River, & more). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan), admire the striking features of Daxu Old Town, and take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangbishan).

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Guilin road trip site .

Tokyo, Japan to Guilin is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Guilin is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tokyo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Guilin. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Guilin

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Yangshuo County
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Yulong River ©
Yulong River
West Street ©
West Street

2
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Xibu Street and then appreciate the views at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zhangjiajie day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Guilin to Zhangjiajie takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©

2
nights
Chengdu

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kuanzhai Alley, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi). On your second day here, take in the views from Anshun Bridge (Dongmen Bridge), don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mount Qingcheng.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chengdu trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Zhangjiajie to Chengdu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. December in Chengdu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Jinli Pedestrian Street
Jinli Pedestrian Street
Mount Qingcheng ©
Mount Qingcheng

2
nights
Lijiang

Lijiang
The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mufu Palace, then steep yourself in history at Shuhe Ancient Town, and then take some stellar pictures from Blue Moon Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: gain insight at Mandarin Garden Lijiang Center, admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town of Lijiang - China.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read Lijiang holiday site .

You can fly from Chengdu to Lijiang in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Lijiang

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Old Town of Lijiang - China
Old Town of Lijiang - China
Black Dragon Pond Park ©
Black Dragon Pond Park
Shuhe Ancient Town ©
Shuhe Ancient Town

3
nights
Chongqing

Chongqing ©
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
Chongqing is known for nature, historic sites, museums, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Three Gorges Museum, stroll around Liziba Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Hongya Cave, and admire the landmark architecture of Ciqikou (Porcelain Port).

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chongqing trip planner .

Getting from Lijiang to Chongqing by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In December in Chongqing, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chongqing

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Hongya Cave ©
Hongya Cave
Three Gorges Museum ©
Three Gorges Museum
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) ©
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port)

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